You’ve already gone through the MCAT registration process and you’re now ready to start studying (unless you began already!). Studying the MCAT alone is quite the process, as you have to pour hours and hours into studying, take down notes to remember and take in, then repeat this process until you feel confident to take the actual exam.
We understand how severe the MCAT stress is, and preparing for the MCAT practfice test and official exam alone is one of the most intense parts of it. That is why you’ll want to have a fame plan to study efficiently and get the results you desire. But what is the perfect study plan for the MCAT?
Here are tips to follow as you create the study plan most suitable for you and your lifestyle.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
The best way to start is to look into what you feel you are strongest and weakest at. Take into account your undergraduate studies and how long since you have graduated.
Do you feel like you aren’t strong in the sciences? Then begin your study schedule around the related topics first, doing an in-depth science review. For those who do have strong science backgrounds, you may want to begin reviewing materials relating to critical analysis and/or reasoning skills.
Basically, begin at the points you feel weakest at and address those early on to have an easier time come test day.
- Rank the subjects according to your level of difficulty
This is a continuation of what was mentioned above. After you identify your strengths and weaknesses, review and prioritize every subject the MCAT covers.
If you believe Physics is a tough subject, that should be your top priority. If ever Organic Chemistry is the easiest, then let this be your last priority, though remember this is still a priority you need to go through.
- Create a daily and weekly routine
On average, you’ll need to study for 200-300 hours efficiently. This is around 3 hours a day for 3-4 months. If you can’t study every day, do so at least every other day for 5-6 hours per session.
Determine the 2 topics you prioritize first, then incorporate them into your schedule 2 days a week. Allocate 2/3 of your entire time reviewing for the 2 most difficult subjects.
A month before test day, take 1-2 practice tests weekly.
- Stay consistent and don’t forget your breaks
Now that you have a schedule set, it’s time to stick to it! While it’s recommended to study every day, don’t forget to allocate an hour or so for yourself, resting and destressing to ready yourself for another study session.
Do NOT be complacent with your schedule and feel like you don’t need to review anymore. Stay consistent with your materials and reviews, and only take unscheduled breaks when absolutely required.
Wrapping It Up
Creating a study plan for the MCAT is as intimidating as the test itself, but with the right steps, it doesn’t have to be. Follow the tips mentioned above and put your game face on, it’s time to pass that exam!